Snow Patrol Eyes Open

Rolling Stone: 3 stars out of 5 -- "EYES OPEN is even more decadently cushy, setting chiming guitars, strings and electronics under Gary Lightbody's aching croons."
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  • Released: May 9, 2006
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: A&M

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - p.98
3 stars out of 5 -- "EYES OPEN is even more decadently cushy, setting chiming guitars, strings and electronics under Gary Lightbody's aching croons."
Q - p.125
Ranked #18 in Q Magazine's "100 Greatest Albums of 2006" -- "[H]ere's where the Northern Irish five-piece left their indie roots behind and started to look like world contenders."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.108
3 stars out of 5 -- "Snow Patrol have delivered an album big on lighter-waving anthems and arms-around-your-best-mate camaraderie."


Product Description:

Snow Patrol: Gary Lightbody (vocals).
Personnel: Martha Wainwright (vocals); Warren Zielinski, Richard George, Karin Leishman, Charles Stewart , Beatrix Lovejoy, Rebecca Hirsch, Maya Magub, Paul Willey, Pauline Lowbury, Janice Graham, Ursula Gough, Richard Milone, Lucy Williams, Steve Morris , Everton Nelson (violin); Timothy Grant , Maxine Moore, Matthew Souter, Bill Hawkes (viola); Caroline Dearnley, Zoe Martlew, Adrian Bradbury, Caroline Dale, James Banbury (cello); Jacknife Lee (keyboards, programming, background vocals); Leon Bosch , Ben Russell (double bass); Paul Archer, Iain Archer (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Jacknife Lee; Cenzo Townshend.
Recording information: Angel Studios, Islington, London, England (10/2005-12/2005); Grouse Lodge Studios, Ireland (10/2005-12/2005); The Arches, Glasgow, Scotland (10/2005-12/2005); The Garage, Kent, England (10/2005-12/2005); The Garden, London, England (10/2005-12/2005).
Photographer: Dan Tobin Smith.
Arranger: James Banbury.
Following up its 2004 breakthrough album, FINAL STRAW, the Ireland-bred/Scotland-based rock band Snow Patrol opted for an even more accessible sound on EYES OPEN. Frontman Gary Lightbody has always shown a penchant for crafting pop-savvy tunes, but this 11-track set takes his songwriting to new heights, as best revealed on the energetic anthems "You're All I Have" and "Hands Open." While these songs display grandeur on the scale of U2 and Coldplay, Lightbody also knows how to ease into a tender ballad, most notably the chiming "You Could Be Happy," which features delicate Bjork-like backing. Though much of the record is upbeat, Lightbody's melancholy sensibility still comes into play on the brooding "Shut Your Eyes" and "Set Fire to the Third Bar," a haunting duet with Martha Wainwright. Longtime fans may miss Snow Patrol's indie-pop quirkiness (a la "Get Balsamic Vinegar...Quick You Fool" from SONGS FOR POLARBEARS), but in its place is a mature and assured approach that is sure to appeal to a wide audience.

Product Info

  • UPC: 602498531785
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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